Easy Cinnamon Buns

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It’s baking season! For my debut this year I dusted off this dead easy cinnamon buns recipe. It’s easy because I get a little help with the dough from my freezer section of the grocery.

Easy Cinnamon Buns

1 loaf Frozen White Bread Dough (I like Rhodes brand)
1/4 cup Flour (For Rolling)
1/3 cup Softened Butter
1/2 cup Light Brown Sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons Ground Cinnamon
2 tablespoons Melted Butter.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Defrost frozen bread dough according to package directions.
Let dough rise until doubled in volume.
Roll out dough on a floured surface to about 6×14 rectangle.
Spread softened butter onto dough.
Sprinkle on brown sugar and then add cinnamon.

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Now roll the dough and pinch closed at the seam.
With a sharp knife, slice the roll into roughly 1 inch pieces.
Place into a buttered muffin tin. Cover and set in a warm place for about 30 minutes or until doubled in volume.
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Brush the rolls with the melted butter.
Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
Meanwhile, prepare the frosting…

Cream Cheese Frosting
1 package Softened Cream Cheese
2 cups Powdered Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 tablespoon Milk Or Cream

In a bowl mix all the ingredients until well combined and fluffy.

When the rolls are done cool them briefly and then slather with the frosting!
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December Bookworm

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If you’re like me winter days call for a cup of tea, warm cozies and and big old stack of books, in your TBR pile!
At the top of my stack are all the new Holiday Anthologies! Go check out these suggestions at Goodreads & Amazon. If you’re in the mood for stories set during winter then click –>here<–

Another great place I get book recommendations is Smart Bitches Trashy Books (SBTB) Their Books on Sale Friday newsletter has brought to my attention some great new (to me) authors, Lucy Parker, Maya Banks, Shayla Black & Lexi Blake to name just a few! If you’re a fan of romance then do check them out it is the source!

Because I shy away from reading the genre in which I am writing, (I’m working on a fantasy series right now) I’ve discovered some really great authors in the contemporary genre! See above, but also I’ve become reacquainted with spy/action thrillers and cozy mystery reads.

Lee Child’s Jack Reacher Series is amazing! Please don’t let the movies put you off. Child’s Reacher is NOTHING like the film version.

Another intriguing character is Daniel Silva’s Gabriel Allon. I am 100% hooked on this series!

A few days ago I discovered that Charlaine Harris is continuing her Aurora Teagarden mystery series! Ms. Harris just… here…take my money, please!

That’s all for December! I’d love to hear about what you’re reading! Tell me in the comments!

Guest Bedroom Part 2

You know when you have something in your head and it’s a struggle to make it a reality? You make concessions and adjustments and it’s sorta, kinda, what you had in mind; it’s good enough.
You guys, this time I nailed it! What was in my head is now in the real world and sitting in my room!
(drum roll…)

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TaDa!
I’ve decorated for winter with a snowman pillow.

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Note the little claw feet on the clock! One needs a bit of weird in a guest room.

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The framed photo is from my super macro series.
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The closet doors are very special, Jef made them! They are Alder and finished in blonde shellac. He also made the side tables.
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It’s such a peaceful and sophisticated room. And already guest approved! Both the boys have had a turn staying the night and have said they approved!

Shop This Project?
Rodda Paint #8370, Bed, Euro Shams, Accent Pillow, Lamp, Clock, Throw, Curtains & Rod, Mirror, Wreath.

Guest Bedroom

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This past summer we became for real empty nesters. In the span of a few weekends we delivered the rest of our two sons possessions to Portland where they squished them into a house they are renting together.
When we got home to our very slightly echoing house we had a bit of a melancholy moment remembering the versions those rooms had been through. From Nursery to big boy beds, scattered with Lego and plastic dinosaurs to SK8punk posters and rock bands and even a whiskey still hidden in the closet (don’t worry, his interest waned before he drank any of it) Yes, we had a moment to remember all that….And then I got to work because I had a Pinterest board waiting for the past year and it was finally time to pull the trigger!

I started by removing the desk we had built into the closet for my son during his school years.
Here’s a pic few pictures of what the desk/closet area looked like before:
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Remember when I re-decorated the boys rooms?

First I repaired the walls and then painted, I kept the color but put a fresh coat up.

Next came the big job.
When we moved in the hardwood floor was damaged and we couldn’t afford to have it sanded and finished, so we painted it. This was during my HGTV period you see and it really was a cool decorating solution.

Fast forward 20 years later.
The painted floor was looking real shabby and worn down to the wood in several places, so it was time finally to see what could be done about restoring the original wood. As it turned out it was a fairly easy task.

So horrifyingly satisfying ☠️🤗

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I used Jasco paint striper and worked in sections.

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Then came sanding. It was the toughest part and I would recommend getting a pair of good quality knee pads if you are doing it yourself like I did. I used a hand orbital sander that had a vacuum attachment to take care of the dust.

There were still a few traces of blue where the sander couldn’t reach but I thought the tiny veins of blue here and there looked cool.

First coat varnish!

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It took two coats of semi gloss varnish that I applied with a paint pad.

It turned out so lovely! All that hard work really paid off!

Next up the big reveal!
Stay tuned!

So, about that jumpsuit…

I figured out why I haven’t worn a jumpsuit in more than 10 years.

So, I received the two jumpsuits (On time and in great packaging. Thank you Anthropologie!) I tried them on and hey wow…not bad! The Green one was too big so that one went back. The grey one was super comfortable and kind of fashiony without looking bizarre. Later I tried it on for Jef who said the same thing. Yay! I thought, I’ll be that cute wedding guest at last! Fashion! Yes!

And then…
Well, It was a friday and we were having a few drinks with dinner and I’ll cop to being ever so slightly faced at that point in the evening. When I went to change out of the jumpsuit I encountered a problem that reminded me why I didn’t own a jumpsuit. Being a little altered I couldn’t operate the tie closure to take the thing off! In fact, messed it up so badly that I’d tied it into a tight knot and I needed help getting it undone. And by that time I needed the bathroom, mostly from the laughing at myself. “Help me! I’m trapped in my pants!”

Let’s play the entire scene a month from now at our friend’s wedding…
Uh-huh…yeah,no. No way! I would never live that kind of story down, ever!
“Haha! Remember that time when she peed her pants at Steve and Coral’s wedding? hahaha! Why in the world would she wear such a contraption?”

So I’m sorry cute, fashiony, boho chic, jumpsuit. I think I’m going to wear what I normally wear to summer weddings. An easy sundress, sandals and kimono jacket or wrap. Boring? Maybe, But infinitely safer!

 

Clothes to Get Glad In

Wedding season is coming up quickly! I myself have a few to go to and I’m trying out a new look for this summer.

Now I’m not really a dress person. I’ve tried to be but I always come off as frumpy. Might be my age (40+) or maybe I just don’t have a dress personality. You know who they are that cute and quirky woman who shops at second-hand stores and looks adorable. Yeah, that’s not me.

So this is what I was thinking…..

(anthropologie.com) 

Now I don’t have much experience with jumpsuits. I seem to remember having one about 5 or so years ago and wearing it out with heels and on a day date with sandals. These look comfy though, and the black one looks like a girl could eat at least 4 courses before having to loosen the belt! (Very important!) The green has that one shoulder thing which seems very “of the moment.” Add my big fat hoop earrings and a few bangles and done.

I’ll update when I get them and try them on.

Fingers crossed!

 

Butter Chicken

I’m told this dish originated in India, but I’m not sure of its region. No matter really because it’s so good when you make it you’ll say it came straight from heaven! I love the simplicity of an exotically spiced stew and it’s a recipe that you can whip up with confidence.

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 Butter Chicken

4-6 Boneless skinless, Chicken Thighs
Salt & Pepper
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
1 cup chopped Onion
1 cup Plain Yogurt
1/2 cup (one stick) Butter
1 14oz can Light Coconut Milk
2 tablespoons Tomato Paste
1 teaspoon Garam Masala
1 teaspoon Chili Powder
1 teaspoon Curry Powder
2 cloves finely chopped Garlic
1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated Ginger
Cilantro to garnish.

Chop the onion, garlic and grate the ginger then set aside.
Cut each chicken thigh into approximately three strips each.
Heat a heavy stew pot with a lid over medium-high then add the olive oil and chicken thighs then season with salt and pepper. Saute until brown.
Add in the chopped onion, garlic, and ginger. Saute until onions are softened and translucent.
Turn the heat to a simmer then add the tomato paste, yogurt, and coconut milk. Stir until well combined. Add the stick of butter. (it’s a seriously giddy moment when you add, wantonly, a whole stick of butter to the pot) 
Add the garam masala, chili powder, and curry powder.
Stir then cover. Simmer for 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce is thickened.
If you’d like the sauce thicker, turn the heat up and boil uncovered for 5 minutes stirring frequently.

Garnish with Cilantro and serve over Jasmine or Basmati Rice.

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